TEDx Macatawa 2015 Session 2d: Fred Bueltmann, Community of Collaboration

  • heard music in a different way when listening to Ahmad Jamal, Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 1985
  • barriers to collaboration - all talk & no listen
  • accomplishment over experience
  • little boxes
  • death grip for control — worry about the unknown
  • recipe first, ingredients second
  • pace – get it done yesterday
  • http://www.michiganbrewersguild.com- collaboration started by talking about what various brewers had in common
  • 1st Michigan Beer Festival was a common project to work on together
  • familiarity helped people work together and not demonize the others
  • by working together they could welcome talent
  • look for atypical collaborators in the world
  • Carhart Woodsman Collaboration - shared stories about each organization
  • conversations bring things we have in common
  • by looking less literally they saw they had community
  • horses - getting spooked blocks communication
  • loosen grip and let things look different and have a 2-way dialog
  • “from conversation comes leadership, from leadership comes trust”
  • beginning cook - take a look at what is around us first and be a curator for those things and make things from them
  • art is about celebrating beauty around you
  • focus on “what is” and going from there
  • collaboration takes time and conversation - be patient and allow time, growth, conversation
  • nurtures growth and root stock
  • the collaboration posture - learn to listen
  • contribute to the greater good
  • welcome talent besides our own
  • embrace sibling rivalry
  • community made from shared ideals,
  • ….and more…..
  • “passions transcend our jobs” - our passions will follow us everywhere
  • be inspired by the passions of others
  • a return to a connected lifestyle is happening all around us
  • “I don’t compete against my collaborators. I compete against apathy.”
  • “think about how we can work together, with what is, and change the world today”

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